Detail of Grant of Arms to William Stompes

English, 1549. Illuminated document granting arms and signed and sealed by Thomas Hawley, Clarenceux Kings of Arms. Illumination, based on visable sections, consists of the usual mid-16th century motif--Arms and badges agains a stylized floral background and a portrait initial of the granting herald. Note that this document, like many others, uses silver metal leaf in the depiction of the arms. Text is in English and in a very even, florished bastarda.


Appears in The Art of Heraldry: Origins, Symbols, and Designs, by Peter Gwynn-Jones, Barnes and Noble, New York, 1998.

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